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JCB International Sponsors Japan-Myanmar 60th Anniversary Charity Football Match and Sports and Education for the Children of Myanmar

Tokyo, June 27, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., is pleased to announce that JCBI has become a special sponsor of the Nippon Foundation Charity Football Match to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Japan ("Charity Match"). The match will be held on 28 June between the Myanmar national team vs. Cerezo Osaka. Part of the sponsorship funds will also be used to support sports and education for the children of Myanmar.

The Nippon Foundation and the Myanmar Football Federation are hosting the Charity Match in Yangon in commemoration of this year's 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Japan. The match itself is aiming to deepen relations between the two countries through a commonly popular sport in both countries. Through the project, at the same time, the Nippon Foundation aims to support sports and education for the children of Myanmar in rural areas for 3 years with donations of sports equipment, dispatch of coaches and hosting of sports meetings as well as providing scholarship funds to schoolchildren.

In July 2013 JCBI and the Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), the national payment network of the country, signed an agreement on JCB card acceptance by MPU member banks. MPU was established by the Central Bank of Myanmar and has 19 government and private sector member banks. JCBI and MPU have been making rapid progress on preparing the payment infrastructure, including the launch of JCB card acceptance in December 2013, which has expanded to cover popular destination among visitors to the country. JCBI and MPU are also discussing card issuance to residents of Myanmar.

Kimihisa Imada, Deputy President of JCBI, commented, "Fulfilling our corporate social responsibility has been an essential corporate mission for JCB, and we are making efforts in a number of ways to do this. Of course this sponsorship is a chance to increase JCB brand recognition in Myanmar, but more than that, we are hoping to make a real contribution to Myanmar society and help maintain the strong and lasting friendly relationship between Japan and Myanmar."

About JCB

JCB, founded in Japan in 1961, is a major global payment brand and a leading credit card issuer and acquirer. The JCB acceptance network includes about 26 million merchants in 190 countries and territories. JCB cards are now issued in 16 countries and territories, with more than 84 million cardmembers. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with more than 350 leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB is committed to providing responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, visit:

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JCB International Co., Ltd.
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